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Eli Morrow lived in Southern California with his nephews Robbie and Gabe Reyes, raising them like they were his own. While he was at Momentum Labs working as an engineer, Dr. Lucy Bauer and her husband Joseph spearheaded a project to build a machine that could defy the laws of physics to generate materials. The plans for the machine came from a book known as the Darkhold that Eli considered evil. The machine exploded, killing everyone at Momentum except for Eli and Joseph. Eli blamed Joseph for what happened and attacked him. Joseph was put into a coma, and Eli was sent to jail for attempted manslaughter.
S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson visited Eli Morrow in jail when the ghosts of Lucy Bauer and several of their co-workers seemingly returned to terrorize Los Angeles. Eli didn't want to believe what Agent Coulson said and stonewalled him, even though Coulson suggested his cooperation could get him out of jail. He was more open when Robbie arrived later that day to talk to him on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s behalf. Eli told him about what happened at Momentum Labs and why he put Joseph in a coma. He also said that if Lucy really is still alive, she'll be looking for the Darkhold, though he advised his nephew not to go anywhere near it.
Eli Morrow soon became the target of Lucy Bauer, who intended to capture him to read the Darkhold. Upon the revelation of this danger, Morrow was found by his nephew and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Alphonso Mackenzie, who were working together to rescue the prisoner. Morrow was freed from his cell and was escorted by the pair towards the prison exit, amidst the widespread chaos of prisoner riots and fights. Mackenzie soon left the pair to assist several trapped workers, and Robbie Reyes left his uncle to deal with personal matters, telling him to head for the exit. As Morrow made his way out, he was intercepted by Lucy Bauer, who ordered him to march towards an ambulance to escape. He was then forced to travel to the Pasadena Momentum Laboratory, where Lucy killed the guards and led him into the reactor room. Bauer revealed her intentions for Morrow: he was to read the Darkhold. Hesitantly, he opened the book and began to see words form on the pages in Spanish, enticed with its knowledge.
In chronological order:
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- In the comics, Eli Morrow was the estranged paternal uncle of Robbie Reyes and Gabe Reyes, a serial killer, and a Satanist. After being shot by the police, he merged his soul with his nephew Robbie Reyes becoming Ghost Rider.